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“DIVA told me I was normal”



I’ve been thinking back to what it was like as a 19-yearold Catholic girl getting together with a woman in 1994, the same year DIVA hit newsstands. I’ve been thinking about the things that were really important to me at that time. The things that helped me feel like I was not so different to everyone else. That was important to me then. I didn’t like to stand out from the crowd…unless I was on stage.

My upbringing had conditioned me, I think, to feel funny about sex. It wasn’t my parents’ fault. It was Catholicism. I went to an all-girls Catholic school where a message was read out by our headmistress, from the bishop of our diocese, which forbade any students to raise money for Comic Relief because the charity provided condoms to Third World countries. When Aids was at its height. Yep. No sex without the possibility of procreation. Even if that sex could ultimately kill you. So you can see where my headspace was.

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